Human Trafficking

Home Department written question – answered on 29th March 2010.

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Photo of Anthony Steen Anthony Steen Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the (a) 94 individuals accommodated by a local authority whilst awaiting their reasonable grounds decision and (b) 61 individuals accommodated by a local authority for at least part of their 45 day reflection period between 1 April 2009 and 31 December 2009 were adults.

Photo of Claire Ward Claire Ward Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

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Records as at 31 December 2009 show that between 1 April and 31 December 2009:

(a) three adults referred to the National Referral Mechanism identification process for victims of human trafficking were accommodated by local authorities while awaiting their reasonable grounds decision.

(b) no adults were accommodated by local authorities during their reflection periods.

We have invested £3.9 million over the current and next financial year into the provision of specialist accommodation and support for adult victims of human trafficking.

Responsibility for the care, protection and accommodation of child trafficking victims falls within the designated responsibilities of local authorities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children under the provisions of the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts.

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